Ward 23 – Kanata South – Candidate Questionnaire Responses

Ecology Ottawa asked all candidates in the 2014 municipal election a series of questions on important environmental issues.

Complete Streets:

Many Ottawa streets are dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians and too many neighbourhoods lack affordable and convenient public transportation options. Badly designed streets discourage active and healthy lifestyles and limit transportation choices. In 2013, City Council adopted a Complete Streets policy that will put more emphasis on designing streets for all ages, abilities and users (pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users, as well as cars).

Candidate 

*indicates incumbent

If elected, will you commit to prioritizing pedestrian, cycling and affordable public transit infrastructure over automobile infrastructure in meeting the future growth in travel demand in the urban area? If elected, will you work to ensure that all new roads and road renewal projects integrate Complete Streets principles? The City’s new transportation master plan increases funding for cycling infrastructure but delays many investments for over 15 years. If elected, will you work to increase the overall level of investment and accelerate the pace of implementation?
David Abuwa NO – I believe a safe balance can be achieved for all modes of transportation, but until such time that the Ottawa transit system is at the level of Montreal or Vancouver, the unavoidable reality is that personal cars are the only viable option to travel from one end of Ottawa to the other.  HOL (High Occupancy Lanes) are the alternative, which I would endorce. YES NO – Cycling is a great for of exercise and quite addictive.  I am a cyclist myself.  Unfortunately, my bike will not get me to work, with a commute of 42 km.  You ever tried to go shopping on a bicycle?  I believe cycling is mostly recreational and only relevant for downtown dwellers.
Bruce Anthony Faulkner NO – This issue is concentrated in the core and another question that should be asked is” why are all paying for some”? NO  NO
Allan Hubley *

Climate Change:

About 75 percent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions come from activities that occur in cities, and municipalities have direct or indirect control over about half of these emissions. In 2014 the City of Ottawa adopted a new Air Quality and Climate Change Management Plan.

Candidate 

*indicates incumbent

Do you agree that human-induced climate change is an urgent issue and all levels of government have a role to play in helping to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions? If elected, will you push for the full implementation of the City of Ottawa’s Air Quality and Climate Change Management Plan, including items identified in the plan for the 2015 budget? The Air Quality and Climate Change Management Plan establishes the modest goal of reducing Ottawa’s greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent per capita by 2024, but leaves open a lot of space for new initiatives to emerge in the coming years. If elected, will you push for actions aimed at surpassing the current goal?
David Abuwa NO – The human global contribution to CO2’s is negligable compared to that of the ecosystem, including volcanoes.  The global temperature has actually slightly decreased in the last twelve years. My concerns lean towards serious polution, such as raw sewage, toxic emissions, as examples.  NO  NO
Bruce Anthony Faulkner  NO  NO NO – To think we control the climate in Ottawa is to think we control climate in China!
Allan Hubley *

Clean Water and Healthy Watersheds:

Every time it rains, a cocktail of contaminants (including bacteria, chemicals, fuels and heavy metals) washes off our streets and runs straight into our rivers and streams via the underground storm-sewer system. Ecology Ottawa wants the City of Ottawa to follow-through on its commitment to develop a Water Environment Strategy that improves stormwater management, invests in green infrastructure, reduces flooding, protects our streams, and makes it safer to swim and fish in our rivers.

Candidate 

*indicates incumbent

The City of Ottawa is developing a Water Environment Strategy that will provide a framework for action to promote clean drinking water, reduce the toxins going into our rivers, and protect communities and streams from flooding associated with severe weather. If elected, will you support the development of a strong strategy and prioritize the investments necessary to realize the strategy’s goals? The April 2014 Ontario Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) instructs planning authorities to promote green infrastructure measures (such as parklands, stormwater systems, wetlands, street trees, urban forests, natural channels, permeable surfaces, and green roofs) in order to reduce costs, protect ecosystems and adapt to extreme weather events. If elected, will you prioritize green infrastructure in addressing the City of Ottawa’s water management needs?   The production of clean water for public consumption has been falling over the past decade in Ottawa (ie., we are using less water). Between 2004 and 2013, the amount of clean water produced and used inside Ottawa fell from over 125,000 million litres to about 100,000 million litres (not including private wells). If elected will you commit to continuing this trend by prioritizing water conservation measures that reduce usage by 3 percent per year?
David Abuwa  YES – Clean water is are most essential resource and we cannot afford to squander it.  YES – We must continue to maintain are connection with nature, even within the urban bounderies, to appreciate the beauty, splendor, and calming effect that result from a balanced ecosystem.  YES – The population in the City of Ottawa will only increase as time goes on.  It is our duty to ensure as much clean water as feasible.
Bruce Anthony Faulkner  NO – We have to develop a plan that includes Quebec and a cost recovery to this plan .But only after we have a clear mandate from the voters and the tax payer. I answered no because this is not the call of a candidate its the residents of Ottawa who will pay and continue to pay. Let’s start with the horse in front of the cart!!  NO – We need to look at all aspects of a policy before we sign on and spend taxpayers money.  NO – The reduction of water consumption may be a result of an increase in water bills from the municipality?
Allan Hubley *


Healthy Urban Trees:

Candidate 

*indicates incumbent

 The Emerald Ash Borer infestation is killing millions of trees across Ottawa, including about 25 percent of the trees in the urban area. In response, organizations and individuals, including the City of Ottawa, are coming together to set the collective goal of planting a million trees in our nation’s capital as part of our contribution to Canada’s 150 birthday celebration in 2017. If elected, will you support and prioritize investments towards this goal?  The City of Ottawa has announced its intention to develop a new Forest Management Strategy. If elected, will you support the development of a strong strategy and the investments necessary to realize the strategy’s goals? 
David Abuwa  YES – More trees equals oxygen production.  YES
Bruce Anthony Faulkner  NO – We cannot spend taxpayers money with a clear mandate.  NO
Allan Hubley *

 

Proposed Oil Pipeline Threatens Ottawa Water and Communities:

TransCanada wants to move more than a million barrels a day of tar sands oil through the City of Ottawa and across the World Heritage Rideau River on its way to export terminals in eastern Canada. The proposed “Energy East” pipeline puts communities and waterways in danger all along the pipeline route.

Candidate 

*indicates incumbent

Do you think the City of Ottawa should conduct a thorough and independent assessment of the risks and costs that the proposed Energy East pipeline poses to the health of Ottawa’s communities and water?  Would you oppose the Energy East Pipeline if it was demonstrated that it threatened the health of Ottawa’s water, climate and communities? Should the City of Ottawa intervene in the National Energy Board review of the proposed Energy East pipeline in order to ensure that the interests of the people of Ottawa are well represented? 
David Abuwa  YES  YES  NO
Bruce Anthony Faulkner  NO – Oil and the moving of oil is this provinces only hope of getting out of debt.  NO – We need proof of this harm? And we need to ask if Ontario continues to spend at this rate how long can we continue on this road?  NO
Allan Hubley *

Categories: Campaign

Author:Charles Hodgson

Acting locally on climate change

Follow

Subscribe to our RSS feed and social profiles to receive updates.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Election Reports | Ecology Ottawa - October 3, 2014

    […] Ward 23 – Kanata South […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: